German-trained, African-born architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, has been picked to design this year’s Serpentine Pavilion.
Kéré will become the 17th international architect to build a temporary structure in London’s Kensington Gardens, having been chosen following a contest judged by, among others, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye.
The Architect said: ‘The roof of the pavilion takes inspiration from the great canopy of a tree. In my culture, certain trees hold spiritual meaning and mark important points of gathering and decision-making for the community. Like a tree, the Pavilion offers protection from the sun but still allows you to experience wind and rain. The shadow of the canopy on the ground will also change with the movement of the sun. This fluidity of air and movement is fundamental to my architecture.’